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Old 06-30-2014, 09:45 AM   #1
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I fish out of Destin and have a small boat so I fish generally with 10 miles of the pass but usually much less. We have an abundance of natural and artificial reefs close by. Since 2007 we have enjoyed the best snapper fishing of my life and I started in 1958. Even with the short seasons and fewer trips we have kept our catches up in pounds and often have a limit by mid morning. We have changed or fishing style and mostly flyline with dead minnows.

This year is different. We had a great first day but that was it. In five trips we have filled our limit 3 times but the fish are 16-20 inches and we have to work at it by running farther and staying longer. The other 2 trips were 4/8 and 1/8.

So are the glory days over? What are the condition in Pensacola, PC and Orange Beach? Did we benefit from some strong year classes after Katrina? Are lionfish over populating the artificial reefs? What do you think is going on?
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:08 AM   #2
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We got snapper skunked yesterday, caught plenty of mingos though!
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:10 AM   #3
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I think it's just a matter of finding a honey hole. I know people who are doing real well right now.
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I personally think the fish are spawning right now and the bite it just slow. I also think the water temperature and conditions are a factor such as a high pressure that has been sitting over us for a couple weeks. I'm not a scientist however, It seems like this is pretty consistent for me over the years.
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I kayak fish and Saturday was the first time this season I came home with fish less than 25 inches. They where 22 1/2 and 21 and I'm fishing all public numbers. And I went out on a boat not to long ago and we couldn't find a fish over 20 inches

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Over fishing ..Pressure is been put on too much with the good weather .. ???
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Over fishing ..Pressure is been put on too much with the good weather .. ???
The fish in State Waters are getting beat to death.
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:49 PM   #8
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I have a friend that owns 2 head boats in Destin, he is seeing a marked decrease in the amount of snapper caught. They aren't targeting them now, but the amount of snapper typically caught is way down.

I fish a private boat, snapper seem to me to be somewhat harder to catch this year than the previous few years. I am, however, seeing a good number of under 16" snapper, good news for the next few seasons.

During the federal season, one day's catch of 10 large snapper yeilded 8 males, and 2 females. Not a good sign.

Keep in mind that everything under the sun cycles, up for a time, then down for a time. We have been on a snapper "high" for several years.
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In my opinion it is the pressure the fish have seen this year with the short federal season. nearly everyone is fishing state waters so they are getting hammered and shy.

I have never really understood the craziness with red snapper. There is far better tasting fish in the water than snapper. I would rather have 30 mingo than 8 red snapper any day of the week.
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^ What he said. I have only targeted them 1 time this year and had to bail because I really don't like fishing around a flotilla of boats. I also would rather have 10 mingo's over 2 snapper any day.
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